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The most comfortable way to camp in the Hurunui is in one of our amazing camping grounds - you'll have kitchens, bathrooms, laundrys and other facilities at your disposal. 

Freedom camping (staying overnight out of campgrounds) is only permitted in vehicles which are certified as self-contained.  There are strict rules around where you can go.  

These are outlined in the Hurunui District Council Freedom Camping Bylaw. Breaches of the bylaw can incur a fine up to $20,000


The rules are:

  1. Respect our environment. Leave the site clear of all rubbish, waste and damage. Understand that dumping waste and litter is an offence and will result in instant fines or prosecution. Litter infringement - $400
  2. Act responsibly, and respect the access and enjoyment rights of other public space users.
  3. Have immediate access to a three day capacity toilet, wastewater collection and rubbish disposal facilities. Toilet and greywater must be disposed of in an approved campervan dump station.
  4. Use designated public spaces, camping areas (e.g. Department of Conservation sites) or commercial premises as available. Check with the local i-SITE (information centre), local council website or other camping guides if unsure of freedom camping sites in the area. Appreciate that some environmentally or culturally sensitive areas, and some built-up areas will not permit any form of freedom camping.
  5. Understand that freedom camping is a temporary activity, generally considered to be two days unless otherwise informed.


Additional conditions:

  1. Freedom camping is permitted in areas other than those listed below.
  2. Freedom camping must only be undertaken in a vehicle that is certified as self-contained and includes onboard cooking facilities.
  3. No person may undertake Freedom Camping for longer than two nights in any calendar month at any single location.
  4. Toilet waste and greywater must be disposed of at a Council-approved dump point.
  5. All refuse must be disposed of at an approved refuse collection facility.
  6. An area used for Freedom Camping must be left in a clean and tidy state by users.
  7. Any request made by an Authorised Officer to move on must be complied with.


Prohibited Camping Areas in the Hurunui District

  1. All areas where Hurunui District Council "No Camping or Overnight Parking" signs are displayed
  2. Any Urban Area
  3. Any area within 500 metres of any accommodation facility
  4. Any area in which freedom camping is prohibited by any other enactment


Local grey waste dump station locations

Amberley

› Amberley Beach Campground, Amberley Beach Road
› Delhaven Motels & Caravan Park, 124 Carters Road
› Mobil Petrol Station, Carters Road

Cheviot

› just off State Highway 1 (town centre)

Greta Valley

› Greta Valley Camping Ground, off State Highway 1

Hanmer Springs

› Alpine Adventure Holiday Park, 200 Jacks Pass Road
› Alpine Holiday Apartments & Campground, 9 Fowlers Lane
› Hanmer River Holiday Park, 26 Medway Road
› Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park, Hanmer Springs Road
› Pines Holiday Park, 158 Argelins Road

Hurunui

› Balmoral Recreation Reserve (beside the Hurunui River)

Leithfield Beach

› Leithfield Beach Motor Camp, 18 Lucas Drive

Waiau

› Waiau Motor Camp & Backpackers, 9 Highfield Street

Waikari

› Waikari Domain, Princes Street

Waipara

› Waipara Sleepers, Glenmark Drive

Recycling and Rubbish Disposal

There are free recycling drop off points at the Amberley, Culverden, Hanmer Springs, Waiau and Waikari Transfer Stations for newspapers, magazines, food and drink cans, plastic bottles, cardboard and paper.

Recycle bins are located in Hanmer Springs (beside the library and Chisholm Crescent playground), Culverden (beside the public toilets), Cheviot township and Gore Bay. They take:

  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • flattened cardboard
  • junk mail flyers
  • glass bottles and jars (no lids & rinsed)
  • food, drink and pet food cans (clean)
  • plastic bottles

Hurunui District Council Transfer Station Locations

Hurunui District Council Refuse and Recycling Collection Information

 

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Local camping ground & holiday park locations

We have 11 Freedom Camping listings

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Cheviot Motels and Holiday Park

Phone: +64 3 319 8607
Address: 44 Ward Road, Cheviot, 7310
Email:
Web: www.cheviotmotel.co.nz
Price: $15 - $180.00 (NZD)

"The Quiet One" Set on 5 tranquil acres away from the busy State Highway 1 but still within walking distance of the town centre. Our 'Kiwiana' setting includes 6 newly refurbished motel units, 2 cabins (including Cheviot's original Jailhouse), 8 powered ...

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Waipara Sleepers

Phone: +64 3 314 6003
Address: 12 Glenmark Drive, Waipara
Email:
Web: www.waiparasleepers.co.nz
Price: $20 - $65.00 (NZD)

Waipara Sleepers delivers a unique experience, providing accommodation in a selection of converted historic railway wagons. Each retains its original period features and sits on it's own piece of track, wheels and all! Nestled within a real country garden ...

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Mt Lyford Lodge

Phone: +64 3 315 6446
Fax: +64 3 315 6116
Address: 10 Mt Lyford Forest Drive, Mt Lyford
Email:
Web: www.mtlyfordlodge.co.nz
Price: $15 - $100.00 (NZD)

Ever stayed in a log building before?? Well how about New Zealand's largest log building!! Mt Lyford Lodge offers a range of accommodation options to suit all occasions and budgets. The well loved Saints Café, Restaurant & Bar located in the hub of ...

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Waiau Motor Camp & Backpackers

Phone: +64 3 315 6672
Address: 9 Highfield Street, Waiau, 7332
Email:
Web: www.waiaumotorcamp.co.nz
Price: $15 - $65.00 (NZD)

Waiau Motor Camp and Backpackers is located on Alpine Highway 70 between Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura. Quiet family and pet friendly camp site and budget accommodation in the hospitable town of Waiau, ideal for a local relaxing holiday and touring base. ...

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